British fishing businesses could go bust or move to Europe because of post-Brexit trading disruption, industry figures have warned.
The reasons for the problems for companies were the formalization of documents through the new border control, additional costs for formalization documents, the ban on imports of certain species of mollusks, the goods are subject to new customs and veterinary control. These barriers make it impossible to do business with Covid-19’s already weakened economy.
The UK government has also set up a taskforce aiming to resolve problems faced by the industry in Scotland.
The Commons environment committee heard funding could have to continue, and be widened further, to help the sector weather Brexit-related problems.
Donna Fordyce, chief executive of Seafood Scotland, said the problems could lead to smaller firms in particular stopping trading with Europe in the medium term.